Title: My Ole Home In Alabama Fo’ De War, Composed By: H.P. Danks, Published By: G.D. Russell & Company, Location: Boston, Year: 1875
Hart Pease Danks (6 April 1834 – 20 November 1903) was a musician who specialized in composing, singing and leading choral groups. He is best known for his 1873 composition, Silver Threads Among the Gold.
Title: Oh Henry! Mammy Surely Paddled Me, Words & Music By: Harold Dixon, Published By: Dixon-Lane Pub. Co., Location: St. Louis/Chicago, Year: 1918
Title: Mammy Blossom’s ‘Possum Party, Words By: Arthur Fields, Music By: Theodore Morse, Published By: Leo. Feist, Location: New York, Year: 1917
Arthur Fields (August 6, 1888 – March 29, 1953) was an American singer (baritone) and songwriter.
Theodore F. Morse (April 13, 1873 – May 25, 1924) was an American composer of popular songs.
Leopold Feist (1 March 1869 New York City – 21 June 1930 Mount Vernon, New York) founded and ran a music publishing firm bearing his name that — in the 1920s, at the height of the golden age of popular music — was among the seven largest publishers of popular music in the World.
Title: Coons In The Cottonfield, Written By: J.W. Wheeler, Published By: Atlantic Music Co., Location: Boston, Year: 1898
Title: That Coon’s Just As Happy’s Tho’ He Had His Right Mind, Words By: Jack Everett Fay, Music By: James B. Oliver, Published By: M. Witmark & Sons, Location: New York/Chicago, Year: 1899
Witmark & Sons was a leading publisher of sheet music for the United States “Tin Pan Alley” music industry.
The firm of Marcus Witmark & Sons was established in New York City in 1886. The father, Marcus Witmark, was the legal head of the company; but from the beginning it was run by his sons Isidore, Julius, and Jay, who were under legal age when the company started (ranging in age from 17 to 14 years old). They started out publishing their own compositions. They were adept at plugging songs, and within a few years were publishing the works of such composers as Victor Herbert, George M. Cohan, Ben Harney and John Walter Bratton.
Witmark originated the practice of giving free “professional copies” of their new music to famous and established singers and bands, which proved so successful an advertising method that it was copied by the rest of the music publishers.
When the International Copyright Law was passed in 1891, Witmark pioneered publishing versions of British music in the United States and arranging for American hits to be published in the UK.
Title: Am Any Ob De Angels Black?, Words & Music By: Charles W. Springer, Published By: Hitchcock Publishing Company, Location: New York, Year: 1900